At least there Italian soldiers, serving with US-led foreign troops, have suffered injuries in an attack by militants in the northern part of war-ravaged Afghanistan, Press TV reports. The incident took place on Thursday after gunmen opened fire on a convoy of US-led foreign forces in Afghanistan's northwestern province of Badghis. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far, but Afghan officials put the blame on Taliban militants.
Insecurity continues to rise across Afghanistan, despite the presence of about 130,000 US-led forces in the country.According to official figures released by the website icasualties.org, 272 US-led foreign soldiers, mostly American, have lost their lives in war-battered Afghanistan so far this year. A total of 566 US-led forces died in Afghanistan in 2011. However, 2010 remains the deadliest year on record for foreign military casualties, with a death toll of 711.
The US-led war in Afghanistan, which has caused record-high civilian and military casualties, has become the longest military conflict in the American history.Washington invaded Afghanistan in 2001 under the pretext of combating terrorism. AZA/MR/JR